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  • India signs bilateral annual Haj agreement with Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage next year

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    Haj agreement 2019 was signed between India and Saudi Arabia by Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, and Haj and Umrah Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This year more than 2,100 women have already applied to go to Haj without ‘Mehram’ (male companion) after the Modi Government had lifted the ban on women going to Haj without Mehram last year and they had also been exempted from the lottery system.

    Indias first private UAV factory inaugurated in Hyderabad

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    India‘s first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was inaugurated by Telangana’s Home Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali at Adani Aerospace Park in Hyderabad, Telangana. The 50,000 square feet facility has been built by the Adani Group and Israel-based Elbit Systems.

    Amazon India signed MoU with FISME to empower MSME sector

    4 hours ago
    Amazon India partnered with the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) to encourage MSMEs to sell products online through e-commerce. Amazon.in will collaborate with FISME to conduct various events and workshops across the country to educate MSME. B2C exports to enable them to sell across multiple international locations.

    Tata Steel bags Prime Ministers Trophy for the Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant for the year 2016-17

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    Tata Steel Limited had been declared as the winner of the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant’ in the country for the performance year 2016-17 making it the fourth consecutive year for Tata Steel being honored with this coveted award. Along with the trophy a cash award of Rs. 2 crores was also given to the company. Having won the PM’s Trophy 11 times and receiving the Certificate for Excellence twice, Tata Steel has been recognized as the best-integrated steel plant 13 times, since the inception of this award in 1992-93. The performance of the plants is judged by a Panel of Judges headed by Secretary (Steel) and with members from eminent technologists, management experts, trade union leaders, economists, consumers of iron & steel according to a scheme drawn up by an expert committee. The intention of the award is to spur steel plants to achieve international standards of efficiency, quality, and economy in their operations.

    IHCL signed for construction of a second Taj hotel in Lucknow

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    Indian Hotels Company Ltd. (IHCL), Tata group's hospitality arm, has signed an agreement for construction of a second Taj branded hotel in Lucknow. The new hotel is to come up in partnership with Luxus Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. The Taj branded hotel will be located at Vibhuti Khand, New Gomti Nagar Centre, with close proximity to key corporate parks, institutions, and recreational facilities. IHCL at present has two hotels in the city Taj Mahal Lucknow and Ginger Gomti Nagar. This signing is aligned to Aspiration 2022 with its focus on aggressive domestic growth.

    Eight parliamentarians were honoured by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu

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    NCP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Pawar and veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi were presented the Lifetime Achievement award. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and BJP MP Nishikant Dubey were selected for the Best Parliamentarians award. Four women MPs from both Houses were also be awarded for their contribution. While actor-turned-politician Hema Malini was awarded for her outstanding work inside and outside Parliament as a first-time MP, Lok Sabha MP Rama Devi was selected as the Best Woman Parliamentarian. DMK leader Kanimozhi was presented the award for the Best Woman Parliamentarian in the Rajya Sabha. The Best Debut Woman Parliamentarian award was be presented to Chhaya Verma. The Lokmat Parliamentary Awards is the brainchild of Lokmat Media group chairman Vijay Darda.

    Jharkhand gets Krishi Karman award in rice category

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    The Union Ministry of Agriculture had selected Jharkhand for “Krishi Karman” award in the rice category. The award which carries a cash prize worth Rs 2 crore and a citation will be given away in February 2019 by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. As a gesture of appreciation to the farmers of the state for achieving the milestone, two progressive farmers, i.e. one male and one female, would also be given ‘Agriculture Minister’s Krishi Karman Award,”

    MMRDA terminated LTSE and took over Monorail

    4 hours ago
    The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) terminated the contract of Larsen & Toubro and Scomi Engineering (LTSE) for the Mumbai Monorail. MMRDA took over the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of the Monorail. The move ends months of speculation about the future of the transport system, which has been plagued with issues. LTSE was an independent company in which L&T and Scomi Engineering had 55% and 45% stake respectively. L&T was to complete the civil works of the project, while Scomi Engineering was to provide rolling stock and handle the O&M.

    Delhi HC rejected Centres ban on oxytocin manufacture

    4 hours ago
    The Delhi High Court rejected the Centre’s decision to ban the manufacture and sale of oxytocin by private firms. Oxytocin is a drug which induces labour and controls bleeding during childbirth. A Bench of Justices S.Ravindra Bhat and A.K. Chawla set aside the government’s April 27 notification imposing the ban, saying it was arbitrary and unreasonable.

    West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh top beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat: MoSH&FW

    24 hours ago
    Minister of state for health and family welfare Anupriya Patel announced that West Bengal, Bihar and Chhattisgarh emerged the largest beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat. Till November 2018, the government spent Rs 798.34 crore on the scheme of which West Bengal was allotted a total of Rs 193.34 crore.   

    Amitav Ghosh won the Jnanpith Award

    1 day ago
    The Bharatiya Jnanpith announced that Amitav Ghosh, an eminent novelist, has been chosen for this year’s Jnanpith Award. The announcement was made on 15th December 2018. The award is given to an author for outstanding contribution towards literature. The decision to honour Mr.Ghosh was taken at a meeting of the Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by novelist and Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray. Mr.Ghosh’s novels include Shadow Lines, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and the Ibis trilogy- Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire- discussing the opium trade between India and China run by the East India Company.

    Operation Oliva: Coast Guard launches operation to safeguard turtles

    1 day ago
    The Coast Guard launched an exercise along the serene sea waters of Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in Odisha to protect the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles. The Coast Guard  'Operation Oliva' exercise as part of its annual mission to ensure the safe mid-sea sojourn of breeding Olive Ridley sea turtles.

    National Medical Devices Promotion Council To Be Set Up Under DIPP

    1 day ago
    To give a fillip to the medical device sector, which is a sunrise sector, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, announced setting up of a National Medical Devices Promotion Council under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.  The Council will be headed by Secretary, DIPP.  The Medical Devices Industry (MDI) plays a critical role in the healthcare ecosystem and is indispensable to achieve the goal of health for all citizens of the country.

    Iran falls to 6th biggest oil supplier to India in November

    1 day ago
    According to Reuters, Iran dropped two places to become the sixth biggest oil supplier to India in November, after New Delhi cut purchases due to the impact of U.S. sanctions. India is restricted to buying 1.25 million tons per month, or about 300,000 barrels per day (bpd). Iraq and Saudi Arabia continued to be the top two oil sellers to India. The UAE, which was the sixth biggest oil seller to India in October, became the third top seller to India in November, knocking down Venezuela by a notch to fourth position. Nigeria continued at No. 5 position, while Iran slipped to sixth place.

    MAHE Partners With NIAID TB Portals Program Of NIH, USA

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    Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) partnered with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the USA, to become a member of the NIAID TB Portals program. Dr. Mahadev Rao, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacy Practice initiated this program in Manipal and represents India in the Program’s Steering committee.

    Four Indian PSUs among Worlds Top 100 Arm Producers in SIPRI List

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    According to the latest rankings released by a Stockholm-based think tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), four Indian companies, all PSUs, have been featured on the world’s top 100 arms producers in 2017: Indian Ordnance Factories at 37th position with 8.5 per cent growth Hindustan Aeronautics at 38th position with 0.9 per cent decline Bharat Electronics at 64th position with 12 per cent growth Bharat Dynamics at 94th position with 13 per cent growth The arms sales of the four state-owned companies in India, totalled $ 7.52 billion in 2017, which is 6.1 per cent higher than the previous year. India is 10th in the list of countries by arms sales Arms.

    Union Government planning on a Crisis Management Plan to counter cyber attacks

    1 day ago
    Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced the government’s plan to formulate a Crisis Management Plan to counter cyber attacks and cyber terrorism. For this, the Government impaneled 76 security audit organizations to ensure information security.

    J&K State government approved 5 District Hospital

    1 day ago
    The J&K State government has decided to enhance the health care facilities in five hospitals by upgrading them to ‘District Hospital’ category. The State Administrative Council, headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik, has given approval to the creation of 158 posts, under various categories, in order to upgrade the 5 health care centres. About J&K: Governor: Satya Pal Malik Chief Minister: Vacant Capital: Srinagar (Summer)               Jammu (Winter) Official languages: Urdu

    Dam Safety Bill 2018 introduced in Lok Sabha by MoSPA&WR

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    Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal introduced the Dam Safety Bill 2018 in Lok Sabha. The surveillance, inspection, operation, and maintenance of specified dams for prevention of dam failure related disasters. Constitution of a ‘National Committee on Dam Safety (NCDS)’, chaired by Chairman of CWC, to evolve dam safety policies and recommend necessary regulations, Establishment of ‘National Dam Safety Authority’(NDSA) as a regulatory body to implement the policy, guidelines and standards for dam safety in the country, Constitution of ‘State Committee on Dam Safety’ by the State Governments for proper surveillance.

    Ashok Gehlot named Rajasthan's CM, Sachin Pilot to be Deputy CM

    2 days ago
    Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Congress announced. He has served as the state's Chief Minister twice, won from Sardarpura seat by defeating BJP candidate Shambhu Singh by a margin of over 40,000 votes. State Congress President Sachin Pilot has been selected as the state's Deputy Chief Minister.

    UN honoured Indian startup 'HelpUsGreen'

    2 days ago
    Uttar Pradesh based startup HelpUsGreen has been honored by UN for its works to clean River Ganga by recycling tonnes of floral waste. UN presented the award to the 14 other countries along with India at the Nations Climate Action award ceremony during the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice. According to UN the startup flower cycled 11060 metric tonnes of temple waste by the women working with the startup.

    ISRO to launch GSAT-7A Communication Satellite on December 19

    2 days ago
    India will launch its latest communication satellite, GSAT-7A from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11 on December 19. The 2,250 kg GSAT-7A is the 35th Indian Communication satellite built by ISRO. GSAT-7A can be used by the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army.

    Thane police begins anti drug drive from today

    2 days ago
    The Thane city police are to begin a week-long drive from 14th December 2018 to create awareness among college students of the harmful effects of taking drugs. The campaign will be held in 10 colleges in Zone 1 and Zone 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. NGOs have joined hands with the police to conduct the drive, which will end on December 21.

    Justice Tarun Agarwala appointed Securities Appellate Tribunal presiding officer

    2 days ago
    Justice Tarun Agarwala retired Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court appointed as the presiding officer in the Securities Appellate Tribunal, Mumbai. Justice Agarwala will remain presiding officer for a period of five years or till the age of 70 years, whichever is earlier. The Securities Appellate Tribunal is a statutory body established under the provisions of Section 15K of the Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI) Act, 1992, to hear and dispose of appeals against orders passed by the SEBI or by an adjudicating officer under the Act. Justice Agarwala graduated from Allahabad University with a law degree.

    Rs 2,012 crore spent on PM Narendra Modi's foreign trips since 2014

    2 days ago
    The government has spent more than ₹2,012 crore on chartered flights, maintenance of aircraft and secure hotline facilities for PM Narendra Modi's foreign visits since 2014. Out of the ₹2,012 crore, ₹1,583 crore was spent on PM's aircraft maintenance. The details of PM's foreign travel expenditure were shared in the Parliament by Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh.

    Statue of Mahatma Gandhi removed in Ghana, Accra

    2 days ago
    A statue of Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from one of the most prestigious universities of  Ghana, West Africa. This move is after the complaints citing that “he was racist against black Africans”. The statue of the global peace icon at the University of Ghana in Accra was unveiled by India's former president Pranab Mukherjee two years ago. It remained as a symbol of close ties between the two nations. The lecturers of the University began a petition calling for its removal, citing passages written by Mahatma Gandhi claiming that Indians were “infinitely superior” to black Africans. The University authorities refused to comment while an official at the Foreign Affairs Ministry called it an internal decision by the university.

    Migratory birds at Chilika faces flu threat

    2 days ago
    The migratory birds at the Chilika lake, Odisha are facing a threat to their lives due to the detection of avian influenza virus. Some crows and chickens were found dead inside poultry farms in Krushnaprasad block last week. When sent for testing to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal, it was found that the birds were tested positive for H5N1 virus. The State government has planned for a massive culling operation inside private poultry farms in the affected villages. The Puri district administration would cull birds within one km radius of the place where the carcasses were found. Besides, officers of the animal husbandry department have been asked to intensify surveillance in 10 km-radius area. It should be noted that around seven lakh migratory birds have arrived at the Chilika lake this year.

    Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(I/C), Giriraj Singh inaugurated a Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre (MTDC) in New Delhi

    2 days ago
    Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (I/C), Giriraj Singh inaugurated a Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre (MTDC) of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat in New Delhi. Samadhan is an industrial training institute set up on PPP mode with the MSME Ministry, to provide comprehensive industry and business related guidance and quality knowledge to entrepreneurs, industries, corporate and institutions.

    Zoramthanga To Be Sworn In As Mizoram Chief Minister

    3 days ago
    In Mizoram, the new government of Mizo National Front (MNF), headed by Mr. Zoramthanga will be sworn in on 15th December. It was decided at a meeting between Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan and a delegation of the MNF party led by Zoramthanga at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.  

    NGT appointed committee to look into hazardous units in Sarita Vihar

    3 days ago
    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) appointed a joint committee to look into a plea alleging operation of hazardous industries in south-east Delhi’s Sarita Vihar.  The instructions came after a plea moved by the Aali Vihar Vikas Manch, which alleged that hazardous dyeing units were operating in Bhim Colony, Aali Vihar, and Sarita Vihar.  A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel appointed a joint committee comprising representatives from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Sub-Divisional Magistrate of South-East district, to take action. The Bench made this decision as it observed at least 50 factories are causing air, water, and noise pollution in the area and also choking the water-flow systems. If the drains get choked, the water spills out onto the roads. The hazardous chemicals are highly affecting the water quality.

    Bombay HC imposed Rs.1 lakh penalty on the State government

    13 December 2018
    The Bombay High Court imposed Rs.1 lakh penalty on the State government for not coming up with a new building for the district and sessions court in Sangli, a city in Sangli district, Maharashtra, despite many extensions. The court, in 2015, had made a proposal for the construction of a new building consisting of two wings. Earlier, the State had said that work at A wing would be completed by August 31, 2017. The court had also directed the State to ensure that B wing was readied on or before December 31 so that the functioning of the court can commence there from January 1, 2019. The Court would have been justified in issuing a notice of contempt to the State for breach of the undertakings. The order said that the Rs.1 lakh will be utilized for setting up a permanent fund for providing legal aid to poor and needy litigants or holding legal literacy camps in villages.

    Kamal Nath To Be New Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh

    13 December 2018
    Congress party chosen MP statue unit president Kamal Nath as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. He will replace outgoing Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. A one-line resolution has been passed at the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting in Bhopal to choose the Madhya Pradesh chief minister.

    Climate Change Performance Index: Sweden tops in the Ranking, India at 11th position

    13 December 2018
    The Climate Change Performance Index was released on the sidelines of COP24 Un Summit in Katowice, Poland. U.S. dropped from 56th to 59th place due to high emissions and poor ratings for the federal government’s policies. The bottom 5 consisted of: Saudi Arabia (60), US (59), Iran (58), Korea (57), Chinese Taipei (56).

    Manika Batra was awarded ITTF Breakthrough Star Award 2018

    13 December 2018
    Manika Batra, India’s star paddler, was awarded the International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) Breakthrough Star Award 2018 during a ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  In the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast, Manika won four medals including a historic women’s singles gold, team gold, women’s doubles silver (with Mouma Das) and mixed doubles bronze (with G.Sathiyan). She had also bagged the bronze in mixed doubles (with A. Sharath Kamal) at the 2018 Asian Games.

    HAL developed Light Utility Helicopter achieves important milestone of flying at 6 km altitude

    13 December 2018
    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) indigenously developed Light Utility Helicopter achieved important milestone of flying at 6 Km altitude in Bengaluru. It is 3-ton class new generation helicopter designed and developed by indigenously Rotary Wing Research and Design Center (RWRDC) of HAL. It will replace ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters used by Indian Armed Forces.  

    CAG Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as Vice-Chair of UN Panel of Auditors till 2020

    13 December 2018
    Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi became the Vice-Chair of the UN Panel of Auditors for a term of 2 years ending on June 30, 2020. The decision was taken in the panel’s annual meeting in New York which was held from 3 to 4 December 2018. The panel is currently chaired by the Comptroller and Auditor General of the UK and consists of External Auditors of the United Nations and its agencies. Presently, the panel consists of 11 countries — India, Germany, Chile, Canada, France, Italy, the Philippines, Ghana, Indonesia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

    TN government has declared four districts as severely affected by Cyclone Gaja

    13 December 2018
    The Tamil Nadu State government has declared four districts, Nagapattinam, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur, as districts severely affected by Cyclone Gaja. This is to seek a relaxation of the rules for implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). As per the MGNREGS, the man-days can only be 100. But by declaring the districts as severely affected by the cyclone, a relaxation can be sought of the rule and increase the man days by another 50. Few other benefits can also be availed from the Centre. Besides the four districts, Kodaikanal taluk of Dindigul district has been declared severely affected by the cyclone. So far, the State has released Rs.1,171 crore towards relief operations in the wake of Cyclone Gaja.

    Meghalaya HC asked the Centre to allow minorities into India

    13 December 2018
    The Meghalaya High Court asked the Centre to bring in a law to let people of religious and ethnic minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan to be given citizenship without any cut-off year or any questions asked. This is after a writ petition filed by Amon Rana, an Army recruit, who was denied domicile certificate by the Meghalaya government. Justice S.R.Sen said that the Centre should have a law allowing Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Christians, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos from neighboring countries to live in India with full dignity without making any cut-off year and be given citizenship without any question or production of any documents. He also said that such people may be allowed to come at any point of time to settle in India and the government may provide rehabilitation properly and declare them citizens of India.

    Indian Navy launched DSRV system at Mumbai

    13 December 2018
    The Indian Navy launched its first non-tethered Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) system at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. The DSRV is used to rescue crew members from submarines stranded underwater in the high seas. The cost of one system is Rs.1,000 crore. In March 2016, the Indian Navy had signed a Rs.2,000 crore contract with the U.K.-based James Fisher Defence (JFD) for two submarine rescue systems as well as maintenance for 25 years. Admiral Lanba said the second system would be inducted in April and would be based at the Eastern Naval Command in Vishakapatnam. Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) system: ♦ The flyaway Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System can be operated in very rough conditions with a wave height of 4 to 6 metres ♦ It can be operated at a depth of 650 meters with 12-14 hours endurance time ♦ It can rescue 14 people at a time ♦ It is also equipped with a decompression chamber that can accommodate submariners and a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), which can be used to beam images and provide immediate assistance

    India signed the 30-member Trans Regional Maritime Network pact in Rome, Italy

    13 December 2018
    India signed an ascension pact to the 30-member Trans-Regional Maritime Network (T-RMN) at Italian Naval Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The T-RMN consists of 30-member countries and is led by Italy.  

    RBI fined Indian Bank Rs 1 crore for cyber security violation

    12 December 2018
    The RBI has imposed, by an order dated November 30, 2018, a monetary penalty of Rs 10 million on Indian Bank for contravention of circular on Cyber Security Framework in banks. This penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of... the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 taking into account the failure of the bank to adhere to the aforesaid guidelines and directions issued by RBI.

    Commonwealth Games gold medallist Krishna Poonia becomes an MLA in Rajasthan

    12 December 2018
    Discus thrower Krishna Poonia, the 2010 CWG gold medallist and Congress candidate, won the Sadulpur assembly seat in Rajasthan, defeating sitting BSP MLA Manoj Nyangali. It was Poonia’s second attempt to get entry in the state legislature, having suffered defeat in the previous elections.

    Shri Radha Mohan Singh launched a portal ENSURE- National Livestock Mission-EDEG developed by NABARD

    12 December 2018
    Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh launched a portal ENSURE- National Livestock Mission-EDEG developed by NABARD and operated under the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries. Under the National Livestock Mission component called Entrepreneurship Development and Employment Generation (EDEG), subsidy payment for activities related to poultry, small ruminants, pigs, etc. goes directly to the beneficiary’s account through Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT). The NABARD developed an online portal “ENSURE” (https://ensure.nabard.org), in order to make the process of DBT better, simpler and transparent, so that the information related to beneficiary and processing of the application can be made readily available.

    TRS won the 119-member Telangana Assembly elections for second straight term

    12 December 2018
    Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has won 60 seats in Telangana, while Congress is in second position with 13 seats. TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao won from his constituency Gajwel by 58,290 votes. Asauddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) won seven of the eight seats it contested in the Telangana assembly polls.

    Congress won Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018 with 99 seats

    12 December 2018
    BJP has secured 73 seats in the 200-member state assembly as compared to 163 in 2013 state Assembly elections. The Bahujan Samaj Party won 6 seats, CPI(M) 2, Independents 13 and other parties got 6. Meanwhile, 41-year-old Sachin Pilot and 67-year-old Ashok Gehlot are said to be Congress' candidates for the Chief Ministerial post. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje submitted her resignation to Governor Kalyan Singh on December 11.

    Congress beats BJP in Chhattisgarh Assembly elections after 15 years

    12 December 2018
    Congress has secured the required majority in the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly and will form the government in the state for the first time in 15 years. It has secured 47 seats so far, while the BJP, which has been in power in the state since 2003, has won 10 seats. BJP chief minister Raman Singh, who governed Chhattisgarh for 15 years, resigned. The Congress will choose the state’s new chief minister at a meeting of its new legislators.

    Congress emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh by securing 114 seats

    12 December 2018
    As per the final results of Madhya Pradesh Assembly election 2018 (230-seat Assembly) declared by the Election Commission after 24 hours of counting, the Congress won 114 seats while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 109 seats. The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has won two seats and the Samajwadi Party (SP) has won one seat. ♦ MP Governor - Anandiben Patel, ♦ Madhya Pradesh Congress chief - Kamal Nath ♦ Current Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh - Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Since 2013)

    Smartworks introduced Smart Mitri, a female AI robot

    11 December 2018
    Smartworks, a leading workspaces player, introduced ‘Smart Mitri’, a female AI robot, which will be Smartworks’ in-house productivity mascot. It will play an influential role in handling the overall office management for the facility, ranging from the visitor system to being a counsellor eventually. Smartworks recently launched its flagship facility in Bengaluru. It is spread over 3 lakh sq ft with 6,000 seats. This facility is the firm’s largest centre. With 20 locations across nine cities, the firm caters to more than 500 organizations across large enterprises, SMEs and startups. Some of the clients are Tata Communications, Microsoft, ArcelorMittal, Amazon, Carrier, Otis, Daikin, Lenovo, Bacardi and OLX.

    Indian Railways launched Rail Madad

    11 December 2018
    Indian Railways (IR) launched ‘Rail Madad’, a mobile app which will help the passengers to register complaints through mobile phone/web. It will also enable them to communicate real-time feedback on the status of redressal of their complaints. The digital initiative integrates all the passenger complaints received from multiple modes on a single platform. The app has two modes of registration of complaints, web-based and mobile app-based. Web-based complaints can be registered through railmadad.in. For mobile-app based app, the app can be downloaded from Google Play Store or Apple IOS (iPhone) Store. An aggrieved passenger will get an instant ID through SMS on registration of complaint followed by a customized SMS communicating the action taken thereon by the railways.

    Shi Yomi becomes 23rd district of Arunachal Pradesh

    11 December 2018
    The number of districts in Arunachal Pradesh increased to 23 with the formal inauguration of Shi Yomi district by Chief Minister Pema Khandu in presence of Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. Two more districts would be formally inaugurated in the state within this week taking the total to 25. The state Assembly on August 29 this year passed a bill for the creation of three new districts – Pakke-Kesang, Lepa Rada and Shi Yomi – in the state.

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